It’s palpable. But where did this hate for law enforcement come from? Who is responsible?
I know that the media and pundits will never ever take responsibility for fanning the flames. Nor will the politicians, who often say unethical, reprehensible, and wildly dangerous things, publicly, about the police.
Case in point: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who knows nothing about two shootings that made the news where white officers shot and killed black men.
Dayton said: “Nobody should be shot and killed in Minnesota for a taillight being out of function.”
He went on to say, “Would this have happened if those passengers and the driver were white? I don’t think it would’ve.”
He admitted he didn’t know the facts but added: “I’m forced to confront—and I think all Minnesotans are forced to confront—that this kind of racism exists.”
But how does he know this? Is it in the police rank and file, or in his own mercenary heart?
Jesse Jackson just days ago likened today’s police with the KKK on national television. Did that contribute to the hate that filled the hearts of those who pulled the trigger and murdered public servants?
Again: Where does the hate come from?
Was the motivation of this cowardly act based on race? Was the black man who walked up to a dying officer on his back, who was white, and shot him repeatedly a racist?
And where did his hate of white people come from? The shooter’s own experiences? Or the exaggerated and statistically baseless beliefs of those who point at police officers and call them racists with impunity? (People, in other words, like Gov. Mike Dayton and Jesse Jackson.)
I’m going to address this issue head on in the coming weeks.
I’m not pretending that our profession is without vice. But if you’re in a position of power you have a duty and responsibility to watch what you say. Stop saying my brothers and sisters—who are of all races, creeds, and colors—are racist automatons!
You have no basis and your words have consequences—not just for cops, but for the people we’re sworn to protect.
Last night these “peaceful” protesters were yelling, “Fuck the police!” People who had been demonizing the police, seconds later were running in one direction—away from the shooting and into the protection of law enforcement.
In one case I saw protestors cowering on the ground as an officer stood over them, facing danger, gun drawn. Was that officer thanked for putting his life on the line to protect them? I’d bet a hefty pile that he was not.
Why are cops hated? Because we deal with reality—a reality most protestors and politicians prefer pretend doesn’t exist. It’s often a violent reality. I can take that. What I can’t take are the lies that make us hated for taking reality head on, like we did last night in Dallas.